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DVD Review – The Haunting of Radcliffe House (2014)

12 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Haunting of Radcliffe House, 2014.

Directed by Nick Willing.

Starring Olivia WilliamsMatthew ModineAntonia Clarke, Steve Oram, Jonathan Jaynes, Adam Thomas Wright and Rebecca Calder.

Synopsis:

A family move into an old house on the Yorkshire moors and begin to fall under its spell.

Within the first 10 minutes of The Haunting of Radcliffe House (a.k.a. Altar, which is a much less foreboding title) it would take somebody who had lived in a cave all of their life not to notice the three obvious plot points lifted from other (better) horror movies, and if you’ve never seen Hellraiser, The Shining or The Amityville Horror then a) what are you doing with your life and b) you’d be better off watching those than you would this film. That is because The Haunting of Radcliffe House does not have an original thought or idea contained within its paper-thin script or uninspiring direction, »

- Gary Collinson

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

18 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, »

- MovieWeb

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“I never make a movie unless I feel that this film will bring me happiness” – Vidhu Vinod Chopra

9 April 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced some of the best in Bollywood from 1989’s Parinda, to 2003’s Munna Bhai Mbbs and the follow up Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2005, Parineeta in 2005, 3 Idiots in 2009 and last year’s big hit Pk. After making some brilliant films in Bollywood, the director decided to pursue a long held dream of making a film in Hollywood. What is even cooler is that he is just not producing the film, he also wrote and directed the thriller titled Broken Horses. The film stars a huge cast of Hollywood stars including Vincent D’Onofrio (The Judge, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Alpha Dog) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) along with Spanish actress, Maria Valverde (Exodus), Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flannery.

Broken Horses is about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »

- Stacey Yount

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Review: 'Community' - 'Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing': Wax on, wax off!

31 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of this week's "Community" coming up just as soon as I do a baby bird monologue... So far this season, "Community" show has taken advantage of the move to Yahoo to make the episodes a few minutes longer, let them breathe, let subplots and running gags feel fully-developed, and not have to rush through things like the Portuguese "Gremlins" trailer or the payoff to the Dean's relationship with the Japanese teen. They didn't feel padded in the way that many "Arrested Development" season 4 episodes did, but they clocked in at something more closely resembling the platonic ideal of a network sitcom episode length. Directed by Oscar Winner Jim Rash and his longtime collaborator and fellow Oscar Winner Nat Faxon, "Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing" was the longest episode by far, clocking in at close to 31 minutes. It was also the first to feel too long, even though I »

- Alan Sepinwall

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10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About The Vietnam War

31 March 2015 12:57 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Vietnam War is one of the most-controversial military conflicts in American history and has inspired countless books, televisions series and, most-famously, cinema as a result.

Films such as Forrest Gump, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter and We Were Soldiers – as well as the Rambo movies – have portrayed the warfare experienced during the Vietnam War, the fierce resistance and anti-war protests back on Us soil, as well as the traumatic effects many soldiers suffered from the sickening conflict.

Yet, just like all popular culture, these films have been inspired by the general myths and perceptions that exist about the Vietnam War – created by the media and via other ways in which the war has been portrayed.

But it is dangerous to just take the stereotypes that have been linked to the Vietnam War as gospel – because in many cases they simply do not bear up to close scrutiny. »

- Chris Waugh

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New Good Kill Trailer Has Ethan Hawke On Drone Duty

20 March 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For a majority of classic war movies, the battles are fought by the infantry, slogging through the unimaginable horrors of ground assaults, and from airborne military personnel tasked with serving their country from the sky. As times change and technology continues to advance though, so does tactical warfare, which is now supplemented with the use of drones. In Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, the emotional conflict that those drone operators are burdened by is explored via Ethan Hawke’s Air Force major, Tom Egan.

Egan’s traumatic daily regimen of blowing up locations thousands of miles away is logged in the film’s latest trailer. Like previous versions of the preview, the emphasis here is on the struggle between maintaining an unemotional response to duty while checking that your moral compass is on point.

Off the back of Boyhood, Hawke’s dalliance with weightier material appears to be offering something new to the action milieu. »

- Gem Seddon

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Special Video: James Cameron Praises Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses

13 March 2015 4:47 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The great Vinod Vindu Chopra, who has produced some of the greatest Bollywood films including Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai), 3 Idiots and Pk, has taken on a new challenge that of directing but he did not do it in Bollywood. For his maiden directorial film, Chopra is presenting an English film, a dark drama titled Broken Horses. This is the first time ever an Indian filmmakers has written, produced and directed a Hollywood film.

Apparently the results are outstanding! Director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) recently filmed a video talking about his support and admiration for the film and we have it exclusively for you!

Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »

- Stacey Yount

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The Simpsons Video: Homer Meets Sytycd's Cat Deeley — Plus: A Classic '90s Character Returns to Springfield

13 March 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The search for a new Duffman on Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) brings a bevy of familiar voices to Springfield — including one not heard on the show in more than 20 years.

RelatedThe Simpsons First Look: Cat Deeley Gets Animated! Plus: The Sytycd Host Shares an Lol Seacrest Zinger!

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the episode, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Stacy Keach (Full Circle) getting into character; Deeley plays herself, while Keach once again plays the great H.K. Duff.

Bonus scoop (not in the video): »

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Bollywood’s Megastars launch Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Maiden Hollywood Venture

12 March 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Today saw the unveiling of the much anticipated trailer of legendary filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s maiden Hollywood venture Broken Horses by Indian film superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra has always set benchmarks for the Indian film fraternity and has made some of the most memorable movies that India has cherished such as the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, Mission Kashmir, and Parinda. With Broken Horses, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has become the first Indian filmmaker to produce, direct and write a Hollywood film.

Speaking at the event, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, “I am grateful to Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan who agreed to launch the trailer of my first Hollywood film Broken Horses. It is a very special film for me and special people launching the trailer will make the moment even more memorable.”

Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is »

- Stacey Yount

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Broken Horses – first Hollywood film by an Indian filmmaker, Vidhu Vinod Chopra

5 March 2015 7:03 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s much anticipated Hollywood venture, Broken Horses, is all set to release on 10th April 2015.

The legendary film-maker, who has always set a new benchmark for the Indian film fraternity and has made some of the most memorable movies that India has cherished like the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, Mission Kashmir, Parinda, among several others, has once again decided to reinvent the wheel. He has stepped out of his comfort zone and with Broken Horses he becomes the first Indian filmmaker to make a Hollywood Production – it is the first Hollywood film produced, directed and written by an Indian!

Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. The film has been co-written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi (Pk, 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Mission Kashmir »

- Press Releases

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Directors' Trademarks: Stanley Kubrick

26 February 2015 5:21 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Stanley Kubrick as director.

Kubrick’s interest in visual arts began with photography before he became interested in filmmaking. He enjoyed making short films and became very proficient at doing so. Eventually he made his first feature film The Killing Fields (1953) as an exercise in low-budget filmmaking. That film was not a commercial success, and he had to work hard to get funding to keep working as a filmmaker. His next film, Killer’s Kiss (1955) involved a lot of experimentation, so much that it ended up eating into the budget and costing Kubrick a profit. As a result, he decided to work with a professional crew on his next film, The Killing (1956), which also did not become commercially successful, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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War Is Hell: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores The Cinematic Landscape Of War Movies

25 February 2015 11:07 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 1998, two celebrated American directors each delivered a World War II film depicting the horrors of war. The  directors were Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg, proffering “The Thin Red Line” and “Saving Private Ryan,” respectively. While Spielberg’s classic focuses on the individual’s sacrifice and pain in service of a worthwhile mission taking place in WWII, Malick’s film is an anti-war tone poem that could just as easily be about the Vietnam war, examining how the destruction of war affects all of nature. A video essay from Adam Laity deconstructs the way landscapes and natural environments are used in those films among others. Running just over 20 minutes, the video reads classics like “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket” closely, dissecting how a director can use the setting of a film to drive home certain themes. Big chunks of the essay are devoted to both Coppola’s and Malick »

- Cain Rodriguez

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'Focus' Movie Review: A Pretty-as-a-Picture Crime Caper

25 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Wait, what is 'Focus' again?" This is a question that is usually fired back at me, over the past few weeks, when people ask me what I've seen recently and really liked.

Lately, when I run down the movies I've seen recently, "Focus" is always one of those movies I mention, because I really, really liked it. But then, without fail, the person I am talking to asks what "Focus" is. And then I have to explain it to them. This probably has to do with the film's nebulous title and equally nebulous ad campaign, which isn't exactly explanatory (or particularly evocative or moody). So let me tell you just what "Focus" is, exactly. And when I explain what it is, you'll probably be shocked you haven't heard more about it.

So "Focus" is a romantic crime caper starring Will Smith, who until very recently was largely considered »

- Drew Taylor

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Examining the Christopher Nolan backlash

23 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Another Oscars season, and Christopher Nolan is overlooked again. With Interstellar getting a mixed reaction, we look at the Nolan backlash.

This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.

In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?

This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »

- simonbrew

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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com’s 2015 Oscar Predictions

21 February 2015 1:58 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Say it three times to win it, and you’ll win every Academy Award pool you enter – at least for the nine categories covered here – if you follow the advice of the HollywoodChicago.com “experts.” We have the Oscar magic, so if you believe in it, then we deliver.

Three film writers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Nick Allen and Spike Walters – will not only predict Sunday’s big night, but will suggest choreography to Neil Patrick Harris for his opening number. The crew will opine on Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director. As in previous years, the prognostications are broken down into thoughts on who Will Win, Should Win and Should Have Been Nominated (for one last gasp of dissent). The predictors will also take on a wild card guess for several other categories, and the latest odds on the rest of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper On Less Is More, And Other Lessons Learned From Eastwood, De Niro And David O

11 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.

Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

27 January 2015 1:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.

Undead Sun sees the Newcastle-born sisters investigating the uses of disguise and camouflage in war. They regard the film as a natural successor to their 2011 work, Face Scripting: What Did the Building See. This was about the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh by Mossad agents in a Dubai hotel.

“It was looking at CCTV and looking at covert imagery,” Jane Wilson says of a film which explores how contemporary warfare has moved from old fashioned battlefields into the luxurious confines of a modern, upmarket hotel. “What we were thinking about was how technology has developed through facial recognition and through use of CCTV.”

When the First World War started, the sisters note, there were still »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service review

26 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A Colin Firth action sequence, a Mark Hamill cameo and a lisping Samuel L. Jackson. What's not to love?

Some people sit back and complain about the state of comic book movies, and then carry on making films in the same vein. For the third time in his career, director Matthew Vaughn has actively gone out of his way to do something about it.

The first such occasion was the commendably Daily Mail-baiting Kick-Ass, a film that beneath its energy, ideas, music and fruity language had real substance to it, and plenty of rewatch value. Oh, and an 18 certificate. I fondly remember such things.

Then his X-Men film, X-Men: First Class, put character firmly at the fore, at least until the special effects moved in for a large chunk of the final act. In both cases, there was a real sense that Vaughn had taken the films on because there »

- simonbrew

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